McGeorge School of Law

Gretchen Franz

Professor of Lawyering Skills
Gretchen Franz
Phone: 916.739.7256

BA, University of Colorado at Boulder
JD, Washington and Lee University


It is very rewarding to witness my students develop their research, writing and analysis skills to effectively communicate in the diverse world of legal discourse. I encourage my students to develop their professional identities as reflective, respectful practitioners who act with deference to the privilege and social responsibility we hold as officers of the law.

Professor Gretchen Franz worked as a research attorney and trial lawyer before entering academia. She joined the McGeorge faculty in 2000 after five years as a research attorney for the Alameda County and Marin County Superior Courts.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University, Professor Franz worked as a litigation associate in the San Francisco law firm, Cooper, White & Cooper. In that capacity, she also worked closely with the Federal Public Defender's Office representing criminal defendants in federal court. Drawing upon her practical experience as a research attorney and litigator, she teaches lawyering skills to first and second-year law students, and to our LLMs. Professor Franz is a contributing author of Global Lawyering Skills (West Academic Publishing) and is engaged in research and writing about experiential learning.

Professor Franz is also the owner and co-producer of the globally acclaimed Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. The Festival presents renowned artists from around the world as part of its mission to support and promote the musicians and the music of diverse cultures. In addition to managing the business affairs of the Festival, Professor Franz performs the legal work for the annual event, including obtaining visas for foreign artists; negotiating and drafting contracts with talent, vendors, county and local agencies, and manages a seasonal team of more than 500 professionals and volunteers.

Professor Franz is licensed to practice law in California and New York.


Global Lawyering Skills

LLM Legal Research

Writing and Analysis I